At the time of Yasujiro Ozu's death in 1963, the West was just beginning to catch up with him. Practically an institution at home, he was considered too specifically Japanese to export. The tide began to turn in the late '60s with the gradual distribution of his major films; the Walter Reade's current invaluable centennial celebration (an NYFF special event) encompasses nothing less than all of the director's extant works. This "most Japanese" of Japanese helmers was a fan of American movies from an early... More >>>